Announces debut EP ‘Sugar & Spice’
Out May 25 via Heavenly Recordings
Title track & accompanying video online now
UK live dates this May
Following her breakthrough debut singles ‘Try’ and ‘Sure’, Brisbane artist-on-the-rise Hatchie has announced her highly anticipated debut EP, ‘Sugar & Spice’. The EP will be released amidst a flurry of UK shows on Friday May 25 via Heavenly Recordings and the title track is online now, accompanied by a new video.
The video for “Sugar & Spice“ was made by Hatchie band-member Joe Agius, with Harriette Pilbeam – the artist behind Hatchie – commenting: “Joe and I spent about an hour filming with the guys and two days drawing for the video. It’s such a fun short song, so we wanted something simple and colourful, and less serious than our previous videos. Joe came up with the concept and we took inspiration from our old school scrapbooks.”
Watch “Sugar & Spice”
Speaking of the EP, Pilbeam says: “After writing music that never felt cohesive or special enough to warrant its own venture, ‘Try’ marked a shift in my writing style I wasn’t expecting. I wrote it in early 2015, followed quickly by ‘Sleep’ and ‘Sugar & Spice’. They were written more for myself than for a specific project, in an effort to explore feelings of vulnerability and ecstasy I had previously suppressed. I wanted these songs to sound lush, sparkly, and recreate euphoric feelings I experienced falling in love for the first time. I reworked my demos with Joe Agius, whose production and writing additions achieved the perfect sound I was searching for, giving me confidence to start taking the songs more seriously and continue writing.
The songs on ‘Sugar & Spice’ were all written without much thought or pressure from myself or anyone else, allowing me to lay my feelings out like I’ve never done before. Joe & producer John Castle helped shape the sound you can hear in each track, bringing life to each song in its own special way.”
The release comes hot off the back of a remarkable nine months for Hatchie. After signing to Ivy League Records for Australia/New Zealand, Heavenly Recordings for UK/Europe and Double Double Whammy/Polyvinyl for North America, and recent performances at SXSW, the international demand will see Hatchie embark on a huge run of shows. The UK leg in May will take in festivals such as Live at Leeds, Liverpool Sound City and The Great Escape as well as a string of London shows.
Hatchie UK live dates:
5th May – Live at Leeds, LEEDS
5-6th May – Sound City Festival, LIVERPOOL
6th May – Sounds from the Other City, SALFORD
7th May – Hare & Hound, BIRMINGHAM
8th May – The Hug & Pint, GLASGOW
10th May – Shacklewell Arms, LONDON
16th May – The Social, LONDON
17-19th May – The Great Escape, BRIGHTON
22nd May – Sebright Arms, LONDON
Hatchie is the world of Harriette Pilbeam. To hear her music is to step inside her mind; a dreamy landscape where cascading synths, jangling guitars, propulsive rhythms and white noise undulate beneath undeniable and irresistible pop melodies. Rather than focusing on the external world of her daily life in Brisbane, Pilbeam instead turns her gaze inwards, making a soundtrack out of her daydreams, setting her emotional life to song.
Having played in her friends’ bands in Brisbane, Hatchie is Pilbeam’s first foray into solo territory, something she seems undaunted by. “I feel like I’m only just beginning to really assert myself in the world and the Hatchie project has forced me to reassess and make so many positive changes,” she says. “When I look back on this period of time, I think I’ll see Hatchie as a huge evolutionary force in my life.”
Recent praise for Hatchie:
“Sure” is proof positive of Hatchie’s immense songcraft” – Dazed
“Very, very lovely.” – The 405
“A shoegazey pop earworm” – The Fader
“It’s hard to think of it as anything less than brilliant” – Wonderland
“A beautiful statement. Recalling everyone from Cocteau Twins to Slowdive, the guitars have a watery quality, continually parting to reveal that beaming, golden vocal.” – Clash
“Hazy and misty, but with pop-rooted forward momentum” – NPR
“A strident step out that’s filled with sunny, reverberating guitar chords, bursts of synths that flourish underneath the track, and Harriette’s own voice, which glides across the track like a daydream.” – DIY
“Hatchie swoops into earshot… a marvellous mesh of Cocteau Twins-y atmospherics & jangly 90’s pop” – The Line of Best Fit